The Buffalo Sabres trade Thomas Vanek to the NY Islanders
The Buffalo Sabres have traded Thomas Vanek. The trade information was first broken by Newsday Islanders beat reporter Arthur Staple on Twitter at 8:30pm Sunday night - Thomas Vanek has been traded by the Buffalo Sabres to the New York Islanders. The Sabres official Twitter page confirmed the news shortly after. The Sabres will receive in compensation forward Matt Moulson as well as the Islanders 1st round pick in 2014 and their 2nd round pick in 2015.
In his time on the Island, Moulson topped the thirty goal mark in each of his first three seasons. An injury shortened his 2012-2013 campaign limiting his production, but this year in eleven games Moulson already has six goals and three assists. In his 333 career games Moulson has totaled 124 goals and 109 assists and has a career -12 rating. Matt Moulson is also in the last year of his entry-level contract and will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Like Moulson, newly named Captain Thomas Vanek, who will also become a restricted free agent when his contract expires after the 2013-2014 campaign ends, and also has 9 points so far this season. During his time in Buffalo the Austrian native played in 598 games totaling 254 goals, 243 assists, and acquired a +29 rating. The Sabres and Islanders do not meet again this season until March 15 on Long Island.